The Secretary-General of the Supreme Council for Women, Hala Al-Ansari, held a working meeting with the experts of the “Women’s Electoral Advising Program” recently launched by the Council in partnership with the Bahrain Institute for Political Development to provide qualitative consultations in the legal and political fields and management of the electoral process. For women “is one of the most important mechanisms adopted by the Supreme Council for Women to support women candidates to participate in the parliamentary and municipal elections and their teams, which comes in preparation for the upcoming elections to be organized. The program aims to raise the competitiveness of Bahraini women in the field of political work and their participation in public life. It also comes within the framework of the implementation of the national plan for the advancement of Bahraini women in partnership with all concerned bodies, including the Bahrain Institute for Political Development For women and emanating from the national plan. The first stage, which started in July, included the diagnosis of the current situation through the evaluation of experts for candidates and the identification of the required training and advisory needs.
The second phase will begin in August and September with the practical training of female candidates nominated by the Bahrain Institute for Political Development and the transition to the third phase of the program, which begins in September and November, during which all kinds of intensive counseling will be provided to female candidates. Program experts will provide individual and group counseling to candidates and their campaign teams, categorize candidate problems and find appropriate solutions, and provide periodic reports on the progress of the program.
The experts also agreed during the meeting on the most important reference documents, guides and qualitative studies that will be made available by the program to the candidates, which will include the relevant legislative legislations for the elections, the analysis of electoral districts, the mechanisms of setting the electoral program, dealing with the media and managing the electoral process In preparation for their political participation.
The electoral counseling program for female candidates is supported by a number of key themes: legal advice provided by Ms. Dalal Jassem Al-Zayed, a member of the Shura Council and Dr. Mohamed Waleed Al Masri Legal Advisor Supreme Council for Women, Ali Jassim Al-Bahar, Coordinator of the Political Participation Program at the Supreme Council for Women, and Khalid Ahmed Fayyad, Head of Political Training at the Bahrain Institute for Political Development. Zuhair Hussein Deif is a professor of journalism and media at Al-Ahlia University, and media analyst Obaidi Al-Obaidli, and financial and administrative consultancy provided by Mrs. Sabah Khalil Al-Moayyed, CEO of Intellect Resources Management and Jassim Hassan Abdel-Aal. The program also provides motivational counseling by Dr. Banha Yousef Bouzouboun is an expert and general manager of the Al Dana Consultancy, Guidance and Guidance Center, and Ashwaq Ahmed Buali, a training consultant and professional speaker in leadership and motivation. The team is supported by an executive team formed by the Supreme Council for Women and the Bahrain Institute for Political Development under the joint supervision of Mr. Ezzeddine Al Moayyed, Director General of Media and Administrative Affairs and Mr. Anwar Ahmed, Acting Executive Director of the Institute.